Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and More To Perform On ‘American Idol’ Finale

ABC’s American Idol is coming to a close with a star-studded, three-hour finale.  Idol judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 16, 2022


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Thomas Rhett; Photo Courtesy CMA, Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy CBS, Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy CMA

ABC’s American Idol is coming to a close with a star-studded, three-hour finale. 

Idol judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry will each take the stage for special performances to kick off the epic finale show on Sunday, May 22. 

Katy Perry, Thomas Rhett; Photo via Instagram
Katy Perry, Thomas Rhett; Photo via Instagram

Additionally, Perry will join Thomas Rhett later in the show to deliver the live debut of their duet, “Where We Started,” a track from Rhett’s latest project of the same name.

Idol alums Carrie Underwood and Gabby Barrett, who previously appeared during season 20 to mentor contestants, will return to the show to perform. 

Deana Carter, Ben Platt, James Arthur, Sara Bareilles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Melissa Etheridge, Flo Rida and Tai Verdes will also take the stage during American Idol’s final episode of Season 20.

Top 7 contestant Christian Guardino will also return to the Idol stage for a duet alongside Michael Bublé.

The Top 3, consisting of Noah Thompson, Leah Marlene, and HunterGirl, will face off singing Bruce Springsteen covers and more for America’s vote for a chance to be crowned the next American Idol.

American Idol’s Season finale will air live coast-to-coast on ABC beginning at 8/7c.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.